Bishop Vincent Long OFM Conv is leading 171 pilgrims from the Diocese of Parramatta to World Youth Day 2019 (WYD).
WYD 2019 will be a pilgrimage to Mexico, Panama and the United States for a two-week festival of faith with millions of youth from around the world joining Pope Francis for an encounter with Jesus and deeper faith formation.
The Diocese of Parramatta Communications Team will be capturing stories during WYD 2019. You can follow the pilgrimage below through our daily updates and on parrawyd.org.
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Seeds of joy planted as moments of grace shared
The final day of the World Youth Day 2019 pilgrimage for the Diocese of Parramatta pilgrims was marked with a day of reflection and contemplation, culminating in a final Mass at their retreat at Stoney Creek Ranch, two hours out of Houston, Texas.
Pilgrim Max shared about seeing God in the small moments and how seeing different cultures and experiences were an eye opener for him. He said that whilst it was physically and emotionally draining, the journey was spiritually enriching to him.
The day began with morning prayer and pilgrims were given an opportunity to share their experiences and moments of grace witnessed during the pilgrimage.
The group sharing session was followed by a chance for pilgrims to gather and share in their small groups for a final time and to journal their personal experiences. This was followed by the final Mass of the pilgrimage.
After Mass, each chaplain gave a word of encouragement to pilgrims. Fr Andrew Fornal OP, parish priest at St Joseph’s Parish Kingswood, said the experience was just the beginning of their faith. “The seed has been planted, it is up to you to take care of it, to water it, to give it sunlight.”
Addressing the pilgrims Greg Whitby, Executive Director of Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta said, “people back home expect massive change coming back from this pilgrimage. We don’t expect anything like that, it’s making the change in the little things. Seeing God in the little actions you take every day.”
Tomorrow the pilgrimage group begins its return tomorrow to Sydney, with groups travelling direct to Sydney and others through Los Angeles and San Francisco.
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